Jeff Bennetzen
Norman Giles Eminent Scholar Chair in Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics
Office: 
Fred C. Davison Life Sciences Building, Rm C426a
Fax: 
706-583-0972
Education: 

Ph.D. Biochemistry , University of Washington 1980

Research Projects: 

Plant genome structure and evolution, especially the nature of rearrangements and the contributions of transposable elements. The relationship between genome structure/evolution and gene function. Genetic diversity and its use in under-utilized crops of the developing world. The rapid evolution of complex disease resistance loci in plants. Models, mechanisms and metagenomics for lignocellulosic ethanol production.

Of Note: 
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 2008
  • Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005
  • Elected member, US National Academy of Sciences, 2004
Selected Publications: 
  • Pontaroli, A. C., R. L. Rogers, Q. Zhang, M. E. Shields, T. M. Davis, K. M. Folta, P. SanMiguel and J. L. Bennetzen (2009) Gene content and distribution in the nuclear genome of Fragaria vesca . Plant Genome , in press.
  • Bennetzen, J. L. (2009) Biology and the beasts: individual investigator-driven research in the megaprojects era. Trends Genet . 25:57-59 (Inaugural article, Science and Society section).
  • Doust, A. N., E. A. Kellogg, K. M. Devos and J. L. Bennetzen (2009) Foxtail millet (Setaria italica) : a sequence-driven grass model system . Plant Physiol . 149:137-141.
  • Bennetzen, J. L. (2009) The future of maize. In J. L. Bennetzen and S. Hake, eds., The Maize Handbook - Volume II: Genetics and Genomics . Springer, New York, pp. 771-780.
  • Bennetzen, J. L. (2009) Maize genome structure and evolution. In J. L. Bennetzen and S. Hake, eds., The Maize Handbook - Volume II: Genetics and Genomics . Springer, New York, pp. 179-200.
  • Bennetzen, J. L., and S. Hake (2009) The Maize Handbook - Volume II: Genetics and Genomics . Springer, New York, pp. 1-798.
  • Bennetzen, J. L., and S. C. Hake (2009) The Maize Handbook - Volume I: It's Biology . Springer, New York, pp. 1-587.
  • Lu, F., J. S. S. Ammiraju, A. Sanyal, S. Zhang, R. Song, J. Chen, G. Li, Y. Sui, Z. Cheng, A. C. de Oliveira, J. L. Bennetzen, S. A. Jackson, R. A. Wing and M. Chen (2009) Comparative sequence analysis of MONOCULM1 -orthologous regions in fourteen Oryza genomes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106:2071-2076.
  • Baucom, R. S., J. C. Estill, J. Leebens-Mack and J. L. Bennetzen (2009) Natural selection on gene function drives the evolution of LTR retrotransposon families in the rice genome. Genome Res . 19:243-254.